NITI Aayog member Dr Vinod Paul has been chosen to receive the Ihsan Dogramaci Family Health Foundation Prize by the Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO).
Dr Paul, a former professor at AIIMS, Delhi, is the first Indian to win the award that recognizes work in the field of family health.
The global honor, given by the World Health Organisation (WHO), was confirmed by the WHO Executive Board on January 27.
It will be presented to Dr. Paul at the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, in May.
About Dr. Vinod Paul:
Dr. Paul was chosen unanimously from among shortlisted candidates from Algeria, China, Malaysia, Mexico, Russian Federation, and Uzbekistan.
The WHO Board resolution recognizes Dr Paul as an internationally renowned researcher, clinician, educator and public health advocate in the area of family health.
Dr Paul’s efforts brought the long-neglected issue of newborn health to the center-stage of strategies for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), through significant contributions to important documents used globally on family health.
A well-known name in public health circles in India, Dr Paul has played a key role in formulating national child health guidelines and programmes in the country.
Prior to joining as Member, NITI Aayog, Dr Paul was head of the Department of Pediatrics at AIIMS, New Delhi.